ISL Final 2018 - Odds stacked against Bengaluru FC

Going by the trend of the last three seasons, the odds seem stacked against the home side.

Bengaluru FC 's Sunil Chhetri and Miku during a training session ahead of the ISL final.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Bengaluru FC may have the home advantage and enjoy the support of its boisterous fans in Saturday's Indian Super League final against Chennaiyin FC, but it will have to break few hoodoos to lift its first ISL title.

 

Going by the trend of the last three seasons, the odds seem stacked against the home side. The records show that no team hosting the final has secured the trophy in ISL history. FC Goa hosted the final in 2015 but lost the trophy to Chennaiyin, while Kochi hosted the summit clash in 2016 but Kerala Blasters was outdone by ATK.

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Another crucial stat is that the team which finished as table-topper in the league stage has never gone on to take home the winner's cheque. Chennaiyin topped the table in 2014 but lost to Kerala in the semis. Goa secured maximum points the next edition but lost the final to Chennaiyin and while Mumbai City finished the 2016 league stage as number one, it succumbed to eventual champion ATK in the final.

 

Bengaluru has impressed one and all with its stupendous performances in its debut ISL season and the fact that it is on a 10-game unbeaten streak only adds to its cause. But it remains to be seen, how the side will defy the odds to lift the title at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.